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Originally Published: February 25, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the interesting storm clouds discussed among agents at the scouting combine involved tight ends.

The influx of great pass-catching tight ends has changed the NFL the past few years. From Tony Gonzalez to Rob Gronkowski to Jimmy Graham, more tight ends have become essential parts of top-flight offenses.

They are matchup nightmares. Teams flex out tight ends like receivers and force defenses to cover them with a safety or linebacker.


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